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Program Overview and Objectives

Delivery type Duration Language Intakes Study location(s)
Weekend Part-time: 4 - 7 years English Fall (Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
Winter (Dubai)
Available at Abu Dhabi and Dubai campus
Al Dhafra Region and Abu Dhabi Downtown (Subject to CAA approval)

If you are at the top your profession, this prestigious executive program will cement your credibility as an expert in your chosen field. Targeting experienced senior executives, consultants, management educators and business school academics, it is designed to boost professional competence, enhance executive and professional practice and enable you to serve effectively as a global change agent. With this terminal degree, you will stand out among your peers.

During the program, you will strengthen your capability to develop knowledge and theory, as well as the application of it. You will develop a sound understanding of the relevant conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of your chosen area of original research and grow your expertise in this area.

The program will provide a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry, enabling you to develop personal, consultancy and research competencies to undertake rigorous research at an advanced level. This will allow you to make a significant contribution to theory and practice in the field of business and management.

Designed to have internal and external examiners on dissertation committees, the program presents an opportunity for you to work with a large network of experts from around the world in your specialized area of research.

Accreditation

This program is nationally accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation at the UAE’s Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs.  Additionally, the program is internationally recognized and accredited by the following bodies.




  • Career Prospects

    As well as enhancing your executive and professional practice and making you stand out in your chosen area of expertise, this program also qualifies you to be a faculty member and teach at universities around the world. From finance to technology, marketing to human resources management, your deeper knowledge and understanding will give you a leading edge when exploring the challenges and opportunities facing business today.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements to Phase One:

    • Master Degree: in a directly related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.00-point scale, from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs.
    • Personal Assessment: applicants will be required to complete a panel interview with the DBA’s Admission Selection Committee and will only be offered admission if the interview is deemed successful.
    • English Proficiency Tests: with a minimum score range of 1400 - 1525 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL scores of 213 CBT (Computer-Based Test), 79 IBT (Internet-Based Test), 550 PBT (Paper-Based Test), or 6.0 IELTS (taken at Amideast).
    • Work Experience: applicants must submit evidence of at least 2 years of full-time work experience at the middle to upper management level.

    Entry requirements to Phase Two:

    • Coursework: applicants must achieve a CGPA of 3.5 or above in the coursework requirements of Phase One.
    • Research Proposal & Dissertation: applicants must receive a passing grade in their Research Proposal and Defense of their Dissertation.

    We also welcome applications from students with a variety of master degrees from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs. These applicants will be granted admission into the program after the successful completion of some business foundation courses. For more information on international students’ admission to any of ADU’s postgraduate programs visit International Postgraduate Students.

    Applicants with CGPA’s and English Proficiency Test scores that don’t match the above requirements may be granted exceptions for conditional admission. For more information on conditional admission to any of ADU’s postgraduate programs visit Conditional Admissions.

    Students who are native speakers of English, and have completed their undergraduate education in an institution where the medium of instruction is English may be exempted from the English Proficiency Tests. For inquiries and more information, visit Postgraduate Admissions.

    Postgraduate transfer students may apply for credit transfer for courses taken prior to joining Abu Dhabi University only once, when they first apply for admission. For more information on requirements for credit transfer, visit Transfer Students.

    For further guidance on requisite pre-core courses, and required admission documents, visit Postgraduate Admissions.

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  • Curriculum

    TOTAL CREDITS: 66 Credit Hours

    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
    COMM1 Communication and Leadership
    METH 2A Qualitative Methods for Research I
    METH 3A Quantitative Methods for Research I
    MGMT 1 Management of Change and Innovation
    MGMT 3 Leadership
    MGMT 5 Managerial Decision Making
    MGMT 5 Managerial Decision Making
    RSCH 1 Research Proposal
    RSCH2 Dissertation
    METH1 Introduction to Business Research
    METH 2B Qualitative Methods for Research II
    METH 3B Quantitative Methods for Research II
    MGMT 2 Seminar in Strategic Management
    MGMT 4 Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior
    MGMT 6 Global Issues in Business
    COMM2 Dissertation Writing
    Phase I: Coursework including Research Proposal: 39 credit hours
    During Phase I, the students will learn about Research methodologies and also attend a range of seminars in Management.
    The first phase provides a solid foundation in research methodologies and techniques in methodological courses; exposes the students to a range of course work in management in the core courses; and culminates in the development of a research proposal.
    Phase II: Dissertation 27 credit hours
    During Phase II, students will work on of their approval research proposal. During this phase, students do not have regularly scheduled classes rather they work closely with their dissertation committee on the completion of their dissertation and publication of their manuscript in a peer reviewed journal.
  • Fees and Scholarships

    POSTGRADUATE TUITION AND FEE RATES
    Academic Year 2017-2018

    TUITION STRUCTUREAED Per Credit Hour for College/Department Requirement
    Arts & Sciences
    Master of Education in Educational Leadership AED 2,840
    Master of Science in Special Education AED 2,840
    Professional Diploma in Teaching (Arabic / English) AED 900
    Business
    Executive Master of Business Administration AED 2,840
    Master of Business Administration with specializations in: Aviation Management, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Finance, Human Resource Management AED 2,840
    Master of Human Resources Management AED 2,840
    Master of Strategic Leadership AED 2,840
    Doctorate of Business Administration AED 4,620
    Engineering
    Master of Engineering in Electrical & Computer Engineering AED 2,835
    Master of Engineering Management AED 2,940
    Master of Project Management AED 2,940
    Master of Science in Civil Engineering AED 2,835
    Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering AED 2,835
    Master of Science in Information Technology AED 2,835
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering AED 2,835
    Master of Science in Sustainable Architecture AED 2,835
    Guided Reading Course AED 2,100
    Law
    Master of Public Law AED 2,840
    Master of Private Law AED 2,840
    FeesAED
    Admission Application Fee (Non-refundable) AED 400
    Registration Fee (Non-refundable; Paid once upon admission) AED 2,850
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Late Registration/Payment 500 500
    Student Services 350 175
    Healthcare Services 120 60
    Institutional TOEFL (Optional) 425
    IELTS Exam (Optional) 945
    Accommodation FeesAED
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Private 12,500 3,800
    Semi-private 9200 2800
    Double 6700 2000
    Double with Shared-bath 5400 1700

    Note:  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to make changes affecting tuition and other fees during the fiscal year.



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